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Cat Tunnel

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The January/February 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors had an interesting article about creating a tunnel book. I have never made any sort of book before, although I have to admit that I have been tempted to try it in the past. 
I was in the middle of making some ATC's for a trade when this particular article caught my attention. I  wasn't very happy with the design of my ATC's, so my attention was easily distracted.  I took five pieces of Bristol paper and happily cut away parts of them, leaving the back a solid color for a backdrop. I knew that I wanted a stone like look to the backgrounds, so I lightly painted the papers in varying colors and then, after they had dried, I painted over them with the same color - using a thicker amount of paint and an Artist Cellar stencil to give paint some dimension.
The most difficult thing, due to the relatively small size that I was working in, was making the accordion side pieces. Getting the artist paper that I was using to fold …

Help Me Decide How To Spend $50.00!

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This past week I was notified that I had won a $50.00 Amazon gift certificate thanks to one of my favorite authors, MJ Rose, Facebook face. Ms. Rose's books never fail to provide me with hours of enchantment and reading pleasure, and I have reviewed some of her books on my book blog. She has a new book coming out called "Seduction" that is another winner and my review of that book will be posted on my book blog soon as part of a blog tour hosted by Amy Bruno's Historical Fiction blog tours. That's probably interesting news for those of you who read my book blog though, but it leads to my present dilemma.
Regular readers will know that I generally have no problem what-so-ever spending money to feed my creative passions. I seldom win anything though and when I do I like to make the most of it. I want to use this unexpected windfall to buy something that I will use and something that will remind me of my good luck when I use it. The question is what should I get? B…

Little Iris Shawlette by Anne Hanson

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This is my latest knit project. It is called "Little Iris". Designed by Anne Hanson for Kollage Yarns. The pattern also provides instructions for knitting a doll sized shawl - I think that is cute!  It is 42" from 'wing' tip to 'wing' tip & 20.5" from the top to bottom at the widest point. For such a small shawl, it seemed to take a long time to knit  - several weeks of evening knitting hours.  I used my favorite Malabrigo Sock yarn in "Abril"  (shown fifth row down and third from the right in the provided link) color way. I have really become a Malabrigo junkie - it's such lovely yarn and even with very 'wool sensitive' skin I can wear it as a scarf. I would love to see more solid colors in Malabrigo sock yarn since I am thinking that I need to work with some solid colors for a change. I've looked at Cascade Pediboo yarn which is totally awesome, but the available colors are not calling to me at all. My next project i…

Post Card Exchanges

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Once again my postings seem to have lagged. It took me longer than I had anticipated to get over this last bout of pneumonia and I still need to be diligent in using the inhalers.
I was finally able to catch up on a couple of Post Card and ATC exchanges that I was perilously close to being very late with!
These first two images are of post cards. I gray scaled mixed media pieces that I have made, printed them on cotton and then painted over them with watercolors, inktencewater color pencils and black ink. If you are a bog reader you may recognize the top image - I began it during a class with Anne Bagby and Lynn Perella last Fall. The image below is an ATC. The theme was "Verdigris". Of course, I took a more literal interpretation and used the verdigris color on the gate. The finished product has a much paler white in the "petals" on the upper left corner as I thought that the stark white in this photo was too overpowering. I didn't manage to get another photo…